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Intel driver leak reveals details about upcoming Xe GPU variants and Gen12 integrated graphics, indicates three new upcoming CPU families

Intel's upcoming Xe GPUs could offer a viable alternative to mid-range and enthusiast NVIDIA and AMD offerings. (Source: PCGamesN)
Intel's upcoming Xe GPUs could offer a viable alternative to mid-range and enthusiast NVIDIA and AMD offerings. (Source: PCGamesN)
An Intel graphics driver has leaked online that provides information about the company's upcoming integrated and discrete GPUs. The next generation Gen12 GPU will be fabbed on a 10nm process and will be seen in CPUs such as Tiger Lake and Xe discrete graphics. Also on the anvil are new CPU families including Rocket Lake, Jasper Lake, and an unknown CPU named ATS.

While upcoming 10nm Ice Lake chips will be featuring the new Gen11 GT2 graphics core, a new driver leak has revealed juicy details about Intel's GPU plans for the next couple of years. A test driver version 26.20.16.999, which has now been removed seems to suggest that Raja Koduri's Core and Visual Computing Group is aiming big to compete against top offerings from NVIDIA and AMD.

The test driver contains the following references:

There are references to Gen12 that will form the basis of new integrated and discrete solutions. In the coming years, we could very well see unification of Intel's integrated and discrete solutions under the Xe brand. Gen12 is poised to offer a tight competition to AMD's APUs and will be fabbed on the 10nm process. 

The driver mentions codenames DG1 and DG2, which in all probability are discrete graphics solutions. We see them designated with 'LP' and 'HP, which we guess would indicate 'low power' and 'high power' respectively. DG2 is listed as having several SKUs viz. iDG2HP512, iDG2HP256, and iDG2HP128. If we were to take a guess, these numbers could indicate the number of execution units (EUs) in each SKU and could be mid-range discrete GPUs. 

From the driver, it is clear that Tiger Lake will be using Gen12 integrated graphics. Although not explicitly mentioned, the other 10nm parts such as Elkhart Lake, Alder Lake, and the upcoming Lakefield SoCs with Foveros 3D packaging are all expected to use Gen11. 

Interestingly, we also see three new CPU names being mentioned — Rocket Lake, Jasper Lake, and ATS (Lake?) While we have no idea about the last two, we do know that Rocket Lake is billed to be Comet Lake's successor and will still be a 14nm part (with possible 10nm variants). Rocket Lake SoCs could feature integrated graphics in GT0, GT0.5, GT1, and GT1Pro configurations with GT0 and GT0.5 featuring 16 EUs and GT1 up to 32 EUs.

With Xe GPUs confirmed to support hardware accelerated ray tracing and integrated graphics reaching the 1 TFLOPs mark with Gen11, Intel is clearly looking to position itself as a viable alternative to NVIDIA and AMD in the years to come. The first Intel Xe GPUs are touted to arrive sometime in 2020.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-07-26 (Update: 2019-07-26)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.